https://www.google.com launches: Encrypted searching gets a boost

Though it doesn't guarantee confidentiality from prying eyes if one's computer is compromised through a trojan, virus, keystroke logger or other localised means, the launch of Google's SSL search page comes as very good news. It's not yet available for Google Sri Lanka, but I expect it will soon. As Google notes, With Google search … Continue reading https://www.google.com launches: Encrypted searching gets a boost

It’s ok for government to infiltrate online privacy of Sri Lankan citizens?

A wide-ranging interview published in the Daily Mirror with Sri Lanka's Defence Secretary, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, also the brother of the President, addresses the issue of internet and web surveillance. The relevant excerpt follows: As an IT expert, do you think that it is ethical for a government to infiltrate into the online privacy of Sri … Continue reading It’s ok for government to infiltrate online privacy of Sri Lankan citizens?

Australia and pornography: Google says filtering goes too far

I recently wrote on how even robust democracies can censor the Internet. When even democracies go awry with online dissent looked at the examples from France, Australia, the United Kingdom and even the US where new media use, including citizen journalism, and other content have been banned or blocked. Whenever I have decried censorship in Sri … Continue reading Australia and pornography: Google says filtering goes too far

Government denies plans for web filtering, wants to establish online ethics

Two news stories published today address concerns over recent reports that the Sri Lankan government was planning to filter critical dissent online, in a context where websites have been blocked arbitrarily and without any legal authority. Ironically, pornographic sites that have been banned by the law are more easily accessible than those than are not! … Continue reading Government denies plans for web filtering, wants to establish online ethics

Sri Lankan government to block internet and censor independent web media?

There is an extremely disturbing news report published today on Lanka News Web which suggests the Sri Lankan government is pulling out all stops to censor and control free expression online. This comes in the context of news that the President himself is now in charge of the Media Ministry, and that Anusha Palpita, the … Continue reading Sri Lankan government to block internet and censor independent web media?

Al Jazeera questions media freedom in post-war Sri Lanka

Al Jazeera's path-breaking The Listening Post programme looks at enduring challenges facing media freedom in Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan media war continues critically looks at the video broadcast by Channel 4, the sentencing of journalist J.S. Tissainayagam and the continued violence against independent media. This programme features at the end very short submissions made … Continue reading Al Jazeera questions media freedom in post-war Sri Lanka

More websites including ghs.google.com blocked in Sri Lanka?

Reports online and which I received through email indicate that more sites are being deliberately or inadvertently blocked in Sri Lanka, with most of the disruptions occurring on Sri Lanka Telecom ADSL broadband connections. Some reports claim that domains hosted on blogger.com are being blocked, and other reports indicate that this is now a matter … Continue reading More websites including ghs.google.com blocked in Sri Lanka?

On the banning of mobiles from schools

Lirneasia pretty much sums up all the nonsense here. This latest ban, which has no basis in law, comes hot on the heels of the government ordering ISPs to block several porn websites, the Child Protection Authority banning the "hosting" of porn on mobiles, and the sickeningly subservient attitudes of mobile phone companies to appease a … Continue reading On the banning of mobiles from schools

IGP now wants to “suspend licenses” of porn websites in Sri Lanka

An order by the Inspector General of Police in Sri Lanka, the same chowderhead who once said women could record themselves getting raped through mobile phones, now wants to the Director General of Telecommunication Regulatory Commission to suspend the licenses of 12 websites which were exhibiting nude photographs. Firstly, none of the websites the IGP … Continue reading IGP now wants to “suspend licenses” of porn websites in Sri Lanka